Blogging

Is My Blog Dead?

I’m trying to blog again after I didn’t post that much in December. I fell off my habits. But new year, new me, right?

I will be making a few changes, hopefully positive ones. I don’t plan to stop blogging, but I probably won’t post every day.

Near the end of 2018, I wasn’t at my best. I’m determined to make 2019 better. I have so many ideas in my mind that I hope to manifest in real life. I’m looking forward to the next 365 days.

Last year, I didn’t love my creative process, and in turn, I didn’t love some of the content I created. I’ll learn from my past mistakes. Now I have a better idea of what worked and what didn’t.

Going forward, I want to write and blog without overthinking every little thing. I think way too much, and sometimes my thoughts paralyze me from creating.

I started this blog out of the blue one random evening after school almost six years ago. I never looked back, and I don’t plan to anytime soon. I intend to continue posting book reviews and poems.

For now, I want to focus on enjoying the journey instead of always rushing. I love roses, so I will stop and smell them. Besides, there is no end goal or end game with my blog. I don’t have a specific destination in mind.

Thank you all for an amazing 2018. Thanks in advance for an awesome 2019.

All this to say, my blog isn’t dead. My blog will die when I die.

Reading

My Reading And Reviewing Journey In 2018

In 2018, I wanted to branch out and broaden my reading horizons. I also wanted to publish more book reviews on this blog.

As of now, I’ve read 42 books. I somehow managed to review most of them as well.

I read and review because I love stories. If I care about the characters, then I probably care about the story as well.

I’m excited. I can’t wait to see what 2019 has in store for me. I already have several books shouting at me on my bookshelf.

I’m so beyond grateful. I can’t thank you all enough for reading this blog, especially my book reviews.

In 2019, I hope to read even more and broaden my horizons further. I’ll continue to write reviews and blog about books.

Personal Reflection

What Will I Be Doing Over The Summer?

If only I knew. I don’t even know what I’ll be doing tomorrow.

Reading

I want to read every day. How much will depend on whether my friends want me to leave the house and socialize. Shudder.

Reviewing

I enjoy posting book reviews. They take time to write and edit, so bear with me.

Writing

I have so many ideas, but I haven’t fully fleshed out any just yet. I’m working on creative pieces to submit to various places.

Blogging

I’m a bad blogger during the school year. Not that I’m any better over the summer. Let this year be the year I stop procrastinating and start posting earlier in the day. It hasn’t happened yet unfortunately.

Dancing

I have every intention to dance often. I also tend to stretch before and exercise after.

Let me what you’re doing this summer in the comments below. I’d love to know.

Blogging

What Should I Do With My Blog?

I don’t know what to do with my blog. I’m trying to figure out the kind of content I want to create going forward.

I’m also wondering when and how often I’ll be blogging. When I first started, I set the goal of posting every day. But some days, I consider scaling it back.

I enjoy writing personal posts and poems. I’m in a poetry phase. I also haven’t been writing much prose lately. I don’t love the short stories I’ve written in the past.

Also, some of my favourite post to read and write are lists.

I plan on continuing with book reviews. I’d like to do more bookish posts, but I haven’t gotten around to following through with my ideas.

If you have any ideas or suggestions, let me know in the comments below.

I’m thinking about bringing back posts I’ve done in the past. Maybe doing a part two or something similar.

Still, I’d like to challenge myself to create better content.

I want to feel excited when blogging, but I don’t know what excites me anymore.

I won’t quit anytime soon. That being said, I may take a break or blog every other day in the future.

Reading

A Q&A About Books, Goodreads, And Reviews

Why do you read?

I need to escape from reality or else I’d lose the little sanity I have left.

Why did you make a Goodreads account?

I didn’t want to rely on my memory to track the books I’ve read. Especially since I’m not getting any younger.

What do you look for in a book?

A good story. Great writing doesn’t hurt either. I like characters I can relate to, resonate with. Give me character development or give me fictional death.

What made you start writing reviews?

It wasn’t enough to read books. So I decided to review them too.

What are your reading goals for 2018?

They’re similar to the resolutions I made in 2017. I want to read every day. I’d also like to expand my bookshelf a bit. I tend to read more fiction than nonfiction, so I want to dip my mind further in the latter.

What are your reviewing goals in 2018?

I’m a bit behind on getting my reviews up, so if I can catch up that’ll be ideal.

Happy reading!

Reading

Book Review—Lionheart: The Diaries of Richard I

Chris Manson deserves a heaping amount of credit. He recovered and translated diary entries from centuries ago, compiling Lionheart: The Diaries of Richard I. My mind still cannot grasp how much time and work that must have taken.

The front cover has an interesting but simple appeal. Strangely enough, the more I look at the cover, the more I like it.

Lionheart Front Cover

The back has a short summary, which provides some basic facts about Richard I. You can click on the images to enlarge them. Seeing as I took all the pictures myself, I don’t do any of the illustrations justice.

Lionheart Back Cover

I honestly had no idea what to expect at the start because I didn’t know anything about Richard or this time period in history even after taking three history courses over the past three years. The piece is very different from what I’m used to picking up since I don’t naturally gravitate towards reading auto- or biographies. So safe to say I was in for a surprise.

And it turned out to be a pleasant one.Lionheart Spine

The book is a heavy, mature read, but somehow that made learning about Richard the Lionheart even more enjoyable. There are over 400 pages of exciting entertainment. The few footnotes sprinkled throughout explains more complex concepts or terms quite thoroughly.

Each entry starts with the date followed by a location. It makes following his life much easier. Although there are many characters, keeping up with all of them isn’t too difficult.

Lionheart Date And Place

A great feature is the postscript, helping to tie up any loose ends nicely. Kudos once again to Chris Manson for that.

You don’t have to be a history buff to enjoy learning about history. Getting a firsthand glimpse into the mind of one of the greatest rulers to ever live is fascinating. What’s more the book reads like a fast-paced story.

At one point, I was so attached to Richard, I didn’t want his story to end.

If you’re interested, you can buy the book here.

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