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[LET’S CHAT] What Makes An Original Book Blogger?

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Ah, yes, one of the biggest questions when you enter the blogosphere: do you have to be an original blogger?

I feel like that’s something that every blogger sees as some sort of requirement. Even in my own post when I talked about what makes me follow a book blog, I said that I really liked seeing original content that would continually inspire me. And, also, who wants to see a blog that looks like pretty much every other blog? We don’t just push creativity and non-conformity in the blogging world, but pretty much everywhere. How many times have you heard someone say that they’re tired of superhero movies and sequels and want an original movie? Or someone saying a song is overrated because it sounds like every other song on the radio? Or someone complaining about how a TV show is using the same old tired cliches?

But, is it necessary to be completely original as a blog? There seems to be a sort of look-down on people who just post memes and tags and awards, and even some people who have pretty much sworn off all of those things in favor of original content. So I wanted to talk about my experiences with all those things, because I am the blogging queen.

(Just kidding, I am 100% not the blogging queen.)

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So, of course, you’ve probably heard of these things called weekly memes, and contrary to what I used to think, memes aren’t just those things that get popular on Twitter and become annoying after a day. Basically, there’s a concept, and you’re supposed to pick books relating to that concept. Some of the popular ones I’ve seen around are Top Ten Tuesday, Saturday Situation, WWW Wednesday, and Waiting on Wednesday. There are definitely a lot more out there, and several for pretty much every day of the week.

If you’ve been around since the very beginning, you’ll know that I used to do WWW Wednesday for the month of January. Eventually, I realized that I wasn’t really enjoying them, and, surprisingly, they weren’t really doing too good in terms of stats (even though I’ve seen so many people say they’re memes do the best in terms of stats), so I ended up quitting. It’s definitely worked for me, since I’ve now opened up a spot that’s been taken in favor of more original posts, but I know that might not work out for everyone.

I’ve definitely seen a general consensus that seeing too many memes when you first stumble upon someone’s blog makes it less likely for them to stay, and I’ve also seen some people say that they just straight up avoid their Reader on Tuesdays and Wednesdays because of the amount of memes. I definitely get it; I feel like with WWW Wednesday and WoW, it’s hard to really say something other than, “Oh, cool; I loved those books, and that one’s on my TBR! Here’s my link!” and “Yes, I’m super excited to read that book as well! Here’s the link to my post!” With TTT, I can definitely find something to comment about, because I’ve seen several people turn those posts into something creative (like what Cait @ Paper Fury does), but even if it’s just a list, I can always find something to relate to!

I don’t know if it’s a way to meet new people, but I have seen lots of people say that’s how they got their outreach when they were first starting out, so I can see why new bloggers like me jumped on the train! Personally, I don’t think I was really discovered by my WWW Wednesday posts, but I guess it might depend on what type of meme you’re doing.

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I guess you can say it’s mixed regarding tags and awards. On one hand, I feel like they’re fun and easy to do, especially if you don’t have something to do that day, and it’s always fun being tagged in an award. But, I’ve also seen some bloggers say that they think that they can get boring every once in a while, which they definitely can be, depending on the tag. There are some tags that I’ve managed to turn into full-blown post ideas, so they’re not completely useless.

I used to do tags a lot, and those who’ve been here around since the beginning, again, know that all I used to do were tags and reviews, before I got sick of it and opted to do more original content. And, as you guys know, I’m a huge planner when it comes to my blog, and even though I’ve been nominated in so many blogging awards and tags, only about three or so tags are on my agenda until August of next year, and don’t even get me started on blogging awards. I just feel like I’d rather post a Let’s Chat or a recommendations post or a list over a blogging award, because even though they’re nice, I don’t get excited about posting them. So, I decided that since I’ve been nominated for so many, why not just combine them all into one huge Q + A post? That way, I don’t have 248028 awards to do, and it’s fun and creative!

I’ve seen some people say that they don’t do tags and awards anymore, which I can totally understand if you want more original content on the blog. I think some tags are definitely fun to do since they reveal more about yourself, and same with blogging awards because you usually have to list facts for those, but I feel like they’re best in moderation, so I reserve them for every once in a while or when I just have nothing to post (which will probably never happen, so there’s that).

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As you guys probably know, I freaking love lists. Basically, for me, what falls under the “List” category are Monthly Recommendations, Anticipated Releases, Monthly TBRs and Wrap-Ups, and Book Playlists can be put under this category.

I did a lot of lists in February when I was trying to branch out in terms of more original content, and I was very happy to see that it gained so much popularity. I thought it was not only a great way to try something new on my blog, but I also got to share a lot about myself (my favorite ships, my favorite series, some facts about me, etc.), and I love doing that since it reminds everyone that there is a human being behind the blog. I also got a lot of comments from those types of posts, so they obviously push people to talk and share about themselves as well!

I’ve never done monthly TBRs, and I have an entire post dedicated to that whole subject that you can find right here if you’re interested. But, you’ve probably noticed that I don’t do much in regards of Wrap-Ups anymore. I realized during the month of March I really didn’t feel like doing a Wrap-Up post, and I realized that I don’t HAVE to do them at all. It’s my blog, and I can do whatever I want with it, so I chose to just skip out on it and just continue on with the month with more original content that I was really excited for. I like seeing other people’s wrap-ups, but it’s just something that I don’t really like doing, so I decided I wouldn’t.

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Ah, yes, the real money-makers. It seems to be that everyone in the book blogging community agrees that discussion posts are what’s really good for your blog and are what rake the numbers in, which is definitely true. When I posted my first ever discussion post – which I was incredibly nervous to do – I was blown away by how many likes and comments I received from it! And I realized how much fun it was to write that discussion, so I thought, why not keep doing this?

People seem to worry a lot about the topics they discuss, though. Some people never know where to get their ideas from or don’t really know how to get their thoughts into a blog post. Some feel like so-and-so topic has already been talked about by SO MANY PEOPLE, that their input will mean nothing in the long run. But, I definitely don’t think you SHOULDN’T talk about something just because someone else already has, and I don’t think that you have to be completely original to write up a discussion.

Personally, when I started out blogging, after getting frustrated with my lack of original content in January, I ended up brainstorming. So, really, pretty much all the discussion topics I’ve come up with have been thought up months ago. I don’t think I’ve ever thought up a discussion post the month of, basically. I use Discussions to talk about things that I don’t think too many people in the blogosphere have already talked about, and Let’s Chat is more for topics that have already been discussed by a range of people, but I just want to put in my own two cents anyway. Obviously, I post several Let’s Chat posts a month, but only one Discussion per month, and that works for me. They tend to get noticed a lot, and also generate conversation, which I love.

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So, that’s basically all the categories I can think of.

Hopefully, there aren’t many more than that. For me, the answer to the question is no, you don’t HAVE to be a completely original blogger. It’s pretty hard to come up with an idea that someone hasn’t already thought of and written down. But, it does seem like the general consensus is that bringing something new to the table can push your blog to several heights and even get better stats!

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In Which I Talk About The Books That Lied to Me

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I’m sure we’ve all experienced it.

We pick up a book. We’re excited to read said book, whether it’s a stand-alone, a first in a series, the sequel to a series you fell in love with while reading the first book, or the finale to one of your favorite series. You read it. You keep reading it. And then you realize mid-way through, or maybe near the end of the book, that you absolutely hate it.

(Or strongly dislike it.)

And, of course you feel betrayed. You feel lied to. But everyone told you how good the book was? But the first book was just so good…how could the series come to this? But isn’t the sequel supposed to be even better than the first book? But the concept sounded so good once I added it to my TBR on Goodreads; what happened between now and then? BUT THAT BOOK WAS SO FREAKING AWESOME; HOLY CRAP?

So, I thought it’d be fun to talk about those books; those books that make you excited, or make you really downtrodden because you could have been so much better! Let’s get started!

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Second Book Slump

Do you ever have those moments where you’re fresh off the reading the first book of a series? The first book was either a really great start to the series, and you need to start the sequel, like, now, or the first book was just meh to you, and the only reason you’re continuing on is because your friends are insisting the series gets better; THEY SWEAR. So you decide to read the sequel, and it starts out okay (like most bad books do).

And then you realize, right in the middle of reading it, “Why am I still reading this? I’m bored out of my mind.”

Independent Study, Rebel Springs, and The Winner’s Crime are all culprits of this. For the first two novels, I enjoyed the first books in the series – The Testing and Falling Kingdoms, respectively – but while reading was really let down. For Independent Study, it was too much of a copycat of The Testing for me to enjoy it; for Rebel Spring, the book was SO BORING (though Gathering Darkness totally made up for it).

For The Winner’s Crime, I wasn’t a huge fan of the first book, and went into the second book for another chance because everyone said it was SO GOOD. I didn’t like it the first time, and the second time around, I DNF-ed it. So, that was disappointing.

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WTF Finales

“I’ve been waiting for this book for so damn long! I can’t wait to read it!” you say as soon as you purchase the finale to one of your favorite series and curl up in your reading space to get ready to read it.

“What the actual hell did I just read?” you say once you close the book and realize how disappointed you are.

For me, those three books were The Last Star, The Retribution of Mara Dyer, and Ignite Me. Out of all three of these, The Last Star was probably my biggest disappointment. I loved The 5th Wave, and though The Infinite Sea wasn’t perfect, I still enjoyed it. But I remember being so upset after finishing The Last Star because so many things were left open, the romance was terrible, and it was just a completely unsatisfying ending.

For The Retribution of Mara Dyer and Ignite Me, I didn’t like the first couple books in the series too much, but I was actually good at binging series at that time, and I also wasn’t a huge DNF-er, so I went ahead and finished the series, because why not? Unfortunately, the finales just ended up finalizing that I hated both series, mainly because they were so disorganized and boring and just didn’t line up with the rest of the series in terms of plot and resolution.

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The Hype Machine

Ah, yes, the dreaded book hype. You read all the reviews praising the book on Goodreads, you see all these five stars, you see the book on everyone’s favorite list, the books have such a huge fandom, so you think, “Obviously, I’m going to enjoy this one as well!

False.

There are so many books with lots of hype that everyone loved except me, but I decided to just lessen it to four books: The Darkest Minds, The Winner’s Curse, The Wrath and the Dawn, and Under the Never Sky. Pretty much all of these books sold me with their interesting premises, gorgeous book covers, and all the amazing reviews.

And I didn’t like any of these books. I hated most of them in fact. Oops. Either too slow, just didn’t click with me, I didn’t like some of the characters, the world-building was awful, or I thought that the actual story didn’t reach the full premise it could have. The hype machine can do incredible things, but sometimes, it just completely misses the mark for me.

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Knocked My Socks Off

These are the books I didn’t think would surprise me or I thought would just be my ordinary reading experience, but totally and completely took my surprise in the best possible way. Whether with an awesome plot twist or fantastic character development or gorgeous writing – all paired with a stunning cover to boot – it just makes for an unforgettable reading experience that you wish you could have all over again.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Golden Son, and Crown of Midnight were definitely these types of reads for me. The first time I read Daughter of Smoke and Bone, I didn’t enjoy it too much, but the second time around, I fell in love with the prose. Golden Son and Crown of Midnight were sequels that were the exact opposite of second book slump and enhanced the series for me and launched it to my “Favorites” list.

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And those are some of the books that outright lied to me.

(Hopefully, I can avoid these types of books in the future, except the last category. Those can stay.)

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I Need to Read More of These Authors’ Books

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So, as bookworms, we sort of idolize authors. Okay, we totally idolize authors.

And we suffer from the fact that we don’t always get the chance to read all the authors’ books.

But, fear not, we shall valiantly try. Or, at least I do. As someone who continually suffers from not being able to complete book series, I also suck at reading more of an authors’ books. I’m like that one person who’s listened to one album from an artist, and then starts calling them one of my favorite singers/bands of ever. So, I thought I’d talk about the some authors whose first couple of books I read, but I really need to read more of them.

(Also, I’m going to go ahead and link this up with Top 5 Wednesday with “Authors You Want to Read More From,” even though, again, this is way more than five. I’m a rule-breaker.)

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Maggie Stiefvater

|Books Read: The Raven Cycle|

No, I haven’t read all the books Stiefvater has to offer. It’s actually such a shame since I absolutely love her writing, and her other YA series/stand-alones sound so good! My main priority is getting to The Scorpio Races since everyone raves about that one, and I feel like it’s best for me to read something of hers that’s not part of a series since I suck at that. I’m also planning to read her Shiver series. I don’t even care that it has such an overwhelm of negative reviews on Goodreads. IT’S MAGGIE STIEFVATER, THEREFORE I WILL READ IT.

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Suzanne Young

|Book Read: The Program|

Yeah, this one is actually quite shameful. I read this book so long ago and fell in love with it…and I haven’t read any of the other books in the series or the sequels or the prequels or the companions. On my part, though, I don’t own the other books, so there’s that. But, I’m hoping to fix that soon, especially since all her dystopian books sound so amazing and thoughtful. And the covers are gorgeous. SOMEONE HELP ME.

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V.E. Schwab

|Books Read: This Savage Song, Vicious, A Darker Shade of Magic, and A Gathering of Shadows|

I’m still in the midst of A Conjuring of Light because of my whole reading slump thing, so don’t make me even think about it, or I’m going to start stressing out again about all of the books I’m still in the middle of. But, I’ve heard brilliant things about her Archived series and also The Near Witch, so I obviously need to read them soon. I LOVE HER BOOKS. I NEED THEM ALL.

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Patrick Ness

|Books Read: A Monster Calls|

I actually bought the entirety of the Chaos Walking trilogy last year because, okay, I admit, the covers are absolutely gorgeous, and everyone was pretty much recommending them. AND I STILL HAVEN’T READ IT YET. And let’s not mention More Than This, because as I said in my post last week, that one has also been left unread. And there’s probably even more Ness books I still haven’t read yet. And Release is coming out in the fall, and it sounds absolutely amazing. So, obviously, I need to read his books already.

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Shaun David Hutchinson

|Book Read: At the Edge of the Universe|

I’ve mentioned before that so many people have recommended his books to me, and this year, I FINALLY READ ONE. AND I LOVED IT. Therefore, I will 100% definitely read We Are the Ants and The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley sometime this year. Not making promises, but I’ll try. Hopefully.

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Neal Shusterman

|Books Read: The Unwind Dystology and Scythe|

If you’re new here, you’ll learn now that I love the Unwind dystology. It’s one of my favorite series of ever. I also read Scythe, and I enjoyed it as well and can’t wait for the sequel! And I also read Bruiser, a stand-alone of his, last year, and thought it wasn’t my favorite, I still enjoyed it. I mean, he does have a lot of books, so that’s the main excuse I’m going to use. But still, I’m putting Challenger Deep on this year’s reading list. One step at a time!

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Joe Abercrombie

|Book Read: Half a King|

I read the first book of the Shattered Sea trilogy last year, Half a King, and really enjoyed it! I actually purchased the entire trilogy off Amazon, but, of course, I only read the first book and never actually completed the trilogy. Or, like, started the sequel. And then he also has this adult fantasy series that sounds pretty awesome. Really, I just need to read more adult fantasy, and this seems like a good place to start.

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Amy Zhang

|Book Read: Falling Into Place|

I read her debut novel SO long ago, way back in middle school when I had this huge contemporary phase (obviously, that stopped, and now it’s my least favorite genre, funnily enough). I really enjoyed it when I read it, and since then, I haven’t read any of her other books, which is such a shame! I’m really hoping to get to her sophomore novel, since I don’t think she’s published much since then.

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David Levithan

|Books Read: Will Grayson, Will Grayson, Every Day, and Two Boys Kissing|

I’ve loved pretty much everything he’s written or co-written so far, so I really just need to read all his books. But, at the same time, he’s been writing for YEARS, and I honestly don’t think I’m going to be able to catch up. I also mentioned one of his co-written books in my post last Wednesday, and I’m hoping to read it this year, at least, since I was SUPPOSED to be catching up on 2016 releases (which I’m 100% failing at).

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Leigh Bardugo

|Books Read: Shadow & Bone and Six of Crows|

Yeah, I haven’t read Crooked Kingdom yet, which is clearly a problem, but the only book of hers I’ve actually read and enjoyed was Six of Crows! I didn’t enjoy Shadow and Bone too much, so I never actually continued with the trilogy, but Bardugo has two books releasing later this year, so I can finally get to experience more of his books and hopefully declare her one of my favorite authors!

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Morgan Rhodes

|Books Read: Falling Kingdoms, Rebel Spring, Gathering Darkness, and Frozen Tides|

And yet another case of “Mikaela Is Horrible At Binging Series.” I raced through the first three books last year in January, but ended up ditching Frozen Tides for another book, for some reason…and now I’ve basically forgotten what’s happened, Crystal Storm came out, and now the series is ending later this year. So, there’s that giant problem. Oh, and I haven’t read any of the books in the spin-off series. So, yeah. Obviously have to fix that.

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And those are just a few of the authors whose books I need to read more of. 

Obviously, the only solution is to clone myself and have one dedicated to conquering my TBR. Duh.

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A Look at My TBR: The LGBTQ+ Edition

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I’m sure that we all, as book bloggers, understand how it feels to suffer from a constantly-growing TBR.

I know I do, and I thought it’d be fun to go look through some of the books that I’ve added to my TBR pertaining to the LGBTQ+ community. And, I have a lot.

(This isn’t even including all the adult M/M romances I also own. Oops.)

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I’m going to go ahead and call this a sort of Top 5 Wednesday post since this week’s topic is Favorite LGBTQ+ Reads.

I feel like I’ve already talked a lot about those, so why not shed some light on the ones that have yet to become my favorites. And this is also WAY more than five, so take it as you will.

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Superior

Superior

Why I Added It to My TBR:

Short story! Forbidden romance! Superheroes! There was absolutely no way I could pass this up after reading the description, and after seeing the Goodreads description, apparently other book bloggers played a part in this, so that’s awesome as well!

Why It’s Still There:

I have no good reason for this.

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Every Heart a Doorway

Every Heart a Doorway

Why I Added It to My TBR: 

Because I was on Goodreads at the time, and everyone and their mother said it was absolutely brilliant, and it sounds absolutely brilliant. And, again, it’s quite a short book, so I could honestly read this in a day.

Why It’s Still There: 

I’m still waiting for that moment where I’ll feel like reading a fantasy book. Yep, still not happening.

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You Know Me Well

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Why I Added It to My TBR:

Because David Levithan, that’s why. Also, I read a sampler of this in one of those free Buzz Books releases and fell in love with it and knew I just HAD to get my hands on it as soon as it came out.

Why It’s Still There:

Uh, I don’t know? Probably because it’s a contemporary novel, and in 2016, I did not read too many contemporaries. And I just don’t read too many of them in general.

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The Fixes

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Why I Added It to My TBR: 

One, because I love thrillers. Two, I love dark comedy, and several reviewers have pointed it out. Three, I love gangs of anti-heroes. Four, I heard this has short chapters, and nothing makes me happier than short chapters.

Why It’s Still There:

Honestly, I don’t know? I should read this one soon.

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We Are the Ants & The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley

Why I Added It to My TBR: 

Initially, because everyone on Goodreads recommended them and said it was absolutely amazing. Now that I’ve actually read one of Hutchinson’s works, they’ve stayed on my TBR because it was absolutely brilliant, and I hope this one is as well!

Why It’s Still There: 

Well, it used to be on there because I hadn’t read his work before, but now that I know that his books are amazing, I should easily devour these.

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Three Truths and a Lie

Three Truths and a Lie

Why I Added It to My TBR: 

Because this sounds like an amazing YA thriller, and I will hunt down and read all the YA thrillers out there because I can.

Why It’s Still There:

I don’t know. I read his adult book The Otto Digmore Difference last month and really enjoyed, so I’m interested in what will happen when he writes a thriller. I’m reall hoping it’s good.

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Been Here All Along

Been Here All Along

Why I Added It to My TBR:

Because sometimes, you just want a fluffy, friends-to-lovers contemporary.

Why It’s Still There:

Again with the contemporary issue. And this one’s short as well! Really, what I’m learning is that I’m terribly lazy when it comes to contemporary.

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No Holding Back

No Holding Back

Why I Added It to My TBR:

Because, again, cute, fluffy, friends-to-lover romance is my weakness.

Why It’s Still There: 

Okay, I really have an issue with not keeping up with contemporaries.

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Timekeeper

Timekeeper

Why I Added It to My TBR:

Because ghosts! Clock spirits! I don’t usually like novels that take place in the Victorian era because it’s so over-saturated and it’s probably the most boring time period of ever, but I’ll make exceptions when you put in some PNR elements.

Why It’s Still There:

I’m owing it all to the fact that I’m not in the mood for this one at the moment. I’m definitely hoping to at least read this one this year, though.

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Last Seen Leaving

Last Seen Leaving

Why I Added It to My TBR:

Because there were so many YA thrillers that came out last year, and I’m still struggling to catch up with them all. I’m drowning in all the YA thrillers!

Why It’s Still There: 

Actually, I don’t know. I’m probably going to read this one soon.

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Away We Go

Away We Go

Why I Added It to My TBR:

Because I heard this book was terrifically weird, and I am here for it! I’m always a fan of weird books with a unique type of story-telling.

Why It’s Still There: 

This has God-awful Goodreads reviews/ratings, so I was probably put off by that, but I honestly don’t even care about overall Goodreads ratings, and then there’s the fact that it has less than 300 ratings, so it’s sort of skewed? But, yeah, I’m definitely going to read this one.

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True Letters from a Fictional Life

True Letters From a Fictional Life

Why I Added It to My TBR:

Probably because the concept sounds so damn intriguing. And maybe because the cover just really stands out.

Why It’s Still There:

The first step to solving a problem is admitting that you have one. And I have a problem with trying to actually read contemporaries.

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Whatever.: Or how junior year became totally f$@ked

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Why I Added It to My TBR:

Because I heard this book was absolutely hilarious, and I’m all up for books that make me laugh. Most of the genres I read are dark and gloomy a large majority of the time, so it’d be nice to read something lighter.

Why It’s Still There: 

More contemporary angst.

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Labyrinth Lost

Labyrinth Lost

Why I Added It to My TBR:

Because as soon as the synopsis and the cover were revealed on Goodreads, everyone was freaking out and I got caught up the hype.

Why It’s Still There:

This was one of those books that had a flurry of positive reviews before it released, and after it came out, there were more mixed reviews, but I’m definitely going to read it!

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Carry On

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Why I Added It to My TBR:

Well, I enjoyed the fanfiction bits the best of the little I read of Fangirl, and I also read the first hundred or so pages of this one before putting it down, and I really enjoyed it.

Why It’s Still There: 

I’m still in a fantasy slump. Let’s hope ACOWAR breaks me out of it.

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Anything Could Happen

Anything Could Happen

Why I Added It to My TBR:

I don’t even remember. Probably because angst-y contemporary? Or maybe because of the cover? Or maybe because I was just adding random books to my TBR like what happens when you spend too much time on Goodreads? Sounds good, though.

Why It’s Still There: 

I don’t think I need to explain this anymore.

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More Than This

More Than This

Why I Added It to My TBR:

One, everyone recommends Patrick Ness’s books. Two, weird books are my soulmates. Three, I heard this has a lot of WTF-ery. And I LOVE WTF-ery.

Why It’s Still There:

Because I’ve never been in the mood for it? This book has been on my TBR for the longest, to be honest. I honestly don’t know why.

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The Darkest Part of the Forest

The Darkest Part of the Forest

Why I Added It to My TBR:

I love fae, and there just aren’t enough books about fae out there that are also really good. And I haven’t read a Holly Black book yet.

Why It’s Still There: 

Again, I honestly don’t know. This is probably another “Ooh, this one sounds interesting,” spree I had on Goodreads, and then the book just sits there forever and ever and ever and ever…

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Half Bad

Half Bad

Why I Added It to My TBR:

Because this is one of those series like The Raven Cycle that just took off and everyone screamed about how much they loved it, so I added it because I was on a Raven Cycle high.

Why It’s Still There:

I mean, this is a finished series, so I guess I just simply don’t have an excuse?

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False Hearts

False Hearts

Why I Added It to My TBR:

I saw a fantastic review for this one from Emily May, and I usually add rave reviews of her books to my TBR. Also, I love sci-fi!

Why It’s Still There:

I don’t know. With my recent obsession with sci-fi, I really should read this one soon.

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Proxy

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Why I Added It to My TBR:

I actually haven’t read the summary of this one in forever, but I just re-read it, and oh my God, it sounds so freaking amazing!

Why It’s Still There: 

I think I added this one around the time of the dystopia craze, and then it faded, and so did my interest, and now that those types of books have waned, my interest is totally peaked again.

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Willful Machines

Willful Machines

Why I Added It to My TBR:

I saw a good review for this one pop up on my Goodreads feed way back when, and I added it to my TBR because it sounded really interesting!

Why It’s Still There:

Because I have a problem. I actually read Tattoo Atlas by this author, and it was absolutely brilliant, so I’ll probably dig into this one soon enough.

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The Foxhole Court

The Foxhole Court

Why I Added It to My TBR:

Because Tumblr absolutely adores this series. Even though I sort of hate Tumblr overall, they did also rec the Captive Prince trilogy to me, and that’s one of my favorite series of ever, so why not?

Why It’s Still There: 

Laziness? And I sort of don’t want to start a series right now; I have way too many unfinished ones; it’s basically unacceptable.

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Adaptation

Adaptation

Why I Added It to My TBR:

I’ve had all of Malinda Lo’s books on my TBR for a long time, but this is the one that interested me the most, probably because the cover pulls me in AND I still don’t really know what this book is about even though I read the description. But, I absolutely love weird books anyway.

Why It’s Still There:

Another Goodreads addition. Let’s just be glad I’m not on the site anymore.

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We Are Okay

We Are Okay

Why I Added It to My TBR: 

So many people have raved about this one and Everything Leads to You, so I should obviously read the both of them. Also, I’ve seen this book in many a bookstagram pictures, and it looks absolutely gorgeous.

Why It’s Still There:

I’m just not in a contemporary mood, I admit it.

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When the Moon Was Ours

When the Moon Was Ours

Why I Added It to My TBR: 

Because everyone in the blogging community has raved about this book to the point where I just went ahead and added it to my TBR! And I’m also a sucker for gorgeous prose, and the quotes for this one sound stunning.

Why It’s Still There: 

I’m waiting until I’m in the mood for this one. I’ve been sucking at reading this year, and this one looks like a pretty dense read, so I’ll wait until I’m totally ready for it.

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Queens of Geek

Queens of Geek

Why I Added It to My TBR:

Again, another recent blogging community obsession. And, okay, the cover is striking and I just couldn’t help myself.

Why It’s Still There:

Yeah, in the last five to ten minutes, I haven’t suddenly been in the mood for a contemporary.

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As I Descended

As I Descended

Why I Added It to My TBR:

I’ve heard lots of things about Talley’s books – both good and bad – but I’m most interested in this one because I’ve become a huge fan of YA horror, and I really need to read more of it.

Why It’s Still There:

I really don’t have any excuses except I’m just not in the mood for it.

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I’ll Give You the Sun

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Why I Added It to My TBR:

I bought this so long ago with some birthday money. Pretty sure my eyes saw the cover, then read the description, and I went ahead and bought it.

Why It’s Still There:

Still not in that contemporary craze. And it’s been, like, four years, so this is unacceptable to be honest.

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Obviously, I really need to get cracking on conquering my TBR. 

(Someone please help me.)

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Have you read any of these books? What were your thoughts on them? What are some of your favorite LGBTQ+ reads? Also, I’m doing a blog post on Tips You’d Give New Book Bloggers for next month, so for all of you guys out there, what’s one piece of advice you’d give a new book blogger?

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