“Statistics say you spend at least one third of your life in your bedroom…why not make it the most amazing place you can imagine?”(Quote from Room Love, pg.5, 2017)
This season, don’t let your room go shabby or remain a place only nightmares are made of. Try some DIY tips from this gorgeous book filled with colorful photos, tips and cautions on how to get your room looking sweet and inviting.
It all starts with Moodboards and De-cluttering….
Then you grab this book and oh! the ways you can heal your room.
What I love most about this book are the colorful pages and easy to read instructions.
I’ll be honest.
I did not know this was a book from the Young Adult category until I realized there were warnings like: “Ask parents about heat resistant lampshades!” Or Make sure to consult your parent about…”
That kind of thing. This is what makes the book so special though. When I was a teenager, the most sprucing up I did with my room, was add a few posters, buy a new comforter with cute kittens on it and maybe move the twin beds around.
But Wutschke takes decorating a step further: You can have a furry desk chair with confetti pieces on your wall(as shown on the book cover). Create a super cute charger station, magnetic makeup boards, and beautiful hangers to grace your closet with style.
I truly enjoyed the cozy pictures and brilliant ideas for rooms. I am no longer a teen but the principles of designing a room is great for anyone to read and take notes from.
So get that Washi tape,fabric or acrylic paint and start transforming your room into the most beautiful space ever.
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After a car accident Jessa Gray finds herself wallowing in a bout of questions and insecurities along with a new disability: aphantasia. She can no longer visualize imagery in her mind, but once she moves to Colorado to live with her dad, not only does she meets new friends, she begin to learn that maybe this disability is not a disability, but unique and useful.
This book is incredible as far as imagery and ideas. When Jessa finds her boyfriend cheating on her, it throws her into a panic attack while driving and then some car speeds past a red light and hits her causing her entire world to change. As you read, you get the feeling Jessa has always relied on her beautiful looks in the past to cover up who she really inside- which is broken. The author does an amazing job slowly peeling back the layers of Jessa’s life and helping us to see why she thinks and behaves the way she does.
The beautiful takeaway in this story is that panic disorders are real but with the right support and love, you can heal.”
The shining light is Marshall. His attraction to Jessa seems instant. Even with her scars he see her as beautiful and wants to spend time with her. He tries to see the best in everyone and even though he has a hole in his heart, his love for Jessa could repair her own. Their romance buds pretty fast and that was unexpected, however their interaction was all marshmallows and hearts.
My eyes are on his chin, his forehead, then, finally, his eyes, which leap at me…swallowing up air between us…let go of me. But he isn’t holding on to me…He’s just looking at me.” (All Things New, 2017)
What is also interesting about the book is the references to “The Portrait of Dorian Gray” by Oscar Wilde. The book seems to mirror the story as far as perception and the soul is concerned. It piqued my interest in reading Oscar Wilde’s novel.
In summation, the book was definitely good if you are into serious existentialist talk, Van Gogh, and teen issues. An overall good story.
Learn more about Lauren Miller and then if you’re feeling super geeky, check out this link on existentialism and learn more about that too and click Aphantasia to learn about that as well.
April Sinclair has done it again with Ain’t Gonna Be the Same Fool Twice, her follow up to Coffee Will Make You Black.
Jean Stevenson or “Stevie” has left high school with hopes of becoming a journalist while also still exploring her sexuality and how it could connect to her being black in the 70s.
In high school, she crushed on a white nurse(In the first book) and began questioning herself then, even though she had sex with a boy before. Even in college, Stevie dates men but soon she realizes there is more to her relationships than just sex. Racism, religion, and politics become a part of the stretching fabric of her life.
Stevie eventually finds herself in a few female relationships and she calls it “experimenting” yet those who care about her wonder if she is sure about any of her decisions. Recalling quotes from a loving grandmother and living in San Francisco with a homosexual hottie named Sterling, Stevie will need to muster all the courage and common sense she was taught just to survive.
This book was just as good as the first! If you are someone who shies away from topics like lesbianism and racism with a dash of politics, then you may want to run. I am not into politics or sexuality topics like either, but the story was good.
A lot of Stevie’s experiences, sadly, has not changed in reality for 2016.
For example, when Stevie begins dating an attractive white female, they are stopped by the police and the police assumes Stevie is a black male and never once looks at her, he constantly asks if her girlfriend is okay. Unfortunately for Stevie, her white girlfriend is only offended when he calls her “ma’am”. This is Stevie’s crucial eye opener to the climate of the times she is in.
I enjoy Stevie’s personality and her wise mannerism to a degree. She can come off as scathing and wishy washy at the same time; most moments and even with a scathing, stern personality, she can become a rug for someone else even when she knows better. Her friends left much to be desire. I cared for no one really in California. The portrayal of the city she was in was one where people hold on to inhibitions, freedom and weed, but let go of sense and sensitivity.
All in all I give this an exceptional rating. It was a perfect follow up to Coffee Will Make You Black.
Okay, bookworms! Would you ever read a book like this? What are some books you loved that had very sensitive topics for you? Discuss below and remember to share this post with your friends!
Like I usually do, I scroll the comments and see other people’s opinions. To be honest, I think more people are upset because many of the “gritty” books coming out deal with the current political and racial tension we can feel in the air.
The commenters, bless their hearts, really did not respond to the change of literature, going back to the era of the “real”, they mainly focused on quivering in their boots because now they have writers who are not interested in fake monsters but the real evil in the world teens and adults must face.
Gritty books are simply mirrors of the times. The writer goes on to mention Judy Blume’s classic, Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret as a timeless classic about a girl who wonders about God and goes through puberty, jealousy and other events fresh to teens.
Do we really need ghosts for that one? Or vamps? Or any other supernatural element?
I think what Bellafante aimed for in this report, is to have us compare our childhoods with the literature we read then, versus what children read and experience now. The novels have gotten grittier these days.
Let’s play Devil’s Advocate now.
I like gritty tales, but I like supernatural books too. Anything fantasy and speculative, I enjoy.
Is it possible that speculative fiction can explore the beauty and dirt of growing older too?
In the world of Harry Potter(I never read the books, just watched the movie-sorry!), Harry Potter grows up and experiences first love, crappy “parents”, all kinds of evil, but it is amidst the backdrop of sorcery.
Same with Hunger Games and Divergent(I read Divergent). Those are Dystopic novels that are not really fantasy but more speculative- speculating on what could happen. To me that seems pretty plausible, given the current state of true hungry people out here having to fight to live.
All I am saying is, I have no problem with real stories for real teens. We can have escapism at any time, but I long for the mirror too.
Wattpad may be the best social app for writers and readers out there, but don’t be discouraged or surprised if you find your works aren’t being read and as popularized as others.
I have learned quite a bit about Watppad within the last year and even though I really enjoy the app, it is not something that is working for me at the time. Perhaps you are thinking of posting up free stories on there too and so hopefully this quick guide can help.
Published or Unpublished, Unleash it on Wattpad
One of the first stories I published on Wattpad is Weight and See. I began it sometime around February 2016 or March?
By the end of June 2016-roughly three months, I had at least 800+ reads and quite a few comments. From one reader.
It was not a story I published previously, just one I wrote off the top of my head and I uploaded it weekly. Finally, I took it down and published it on Smashwords where currently it has 1,071 downloads.
What was the secret?
After not even getting a burp on Wattpad, I finally decided to tag my book properly. It was a teen fiction first and foremost, that happened to have romance in it. Also, I tagged it according to location, serious matters, and as general fiction. That may have helped.
Either way, I was jealous of teen writers with 1.5k reads and likes…
One Wattpader decided to upload an already published novel for free and she grabbed more fans that way.
Teen Fiction Rules in that Domain
Are just two of many who have made their debut on Wattpad and are now publishing mavens with agents.
Both are in high school.
Some Wattpaders who are adults, write teen fiction and if they achieve the right voice and audience, make it big.
My favorite Wattpad author(including the gifted ones above) is LD Crichton, who writes new adult and teen fiction.
Not into writing for the much younger, pubescent audience? That is quite alright. Wattpad has many categories you can sift your writing chops into, just take note that right now Wattpad is dominated by the teen fiction category.
My opinion is that when Wattpad first began, teens took to it more and faster.
It is social media after all and you read free books all day long. Even I like that idea. You can literally type a whole book on your phone and upload it right after.
The Wattpad App, Technicalities
Yes. Wattpad is great.
The app is proclaimed as magical.
Yet there are some bugs Wattpad need to fix.
First of all, I was working on a teen fiction the other day and decided, “Let me write this on my mobile phone. For a new writing experience. Should be fun.”
And it was.
For a day.
Next thing I knew, I published my chapters and one was missing.
Wattpad warns you to never delete a story or even part of it because you cannot undo it.
So I did the “unpublished” then “re-publish” thing. Still not working.
I copied my chapter on my Android phone, and deleted the story. That way I can just copy to a new empty chapter- start over right?
Nothing worked, nothing showed up. I deleted part of my story. I will never see it again.
Wattpad needs to fix this. Allowing Wattpaders to delete their story while giving a few days before a story is deleted permanently, is a better solution.
What Writing Platform is Working for Me?
Right now, Smashwords is awesome for me. I complete the manuscript, edit and upload it and the readers pour in faster than on Wattpad.
Just like Smashwords, Wattpad has an algorithm. You must use proper keywords, tags, update regularly(Smashwords prefer you post multiple books if you want to see great results), and an awesome cover and blurb.
I may use Wattpad again one day, I will definitely read stories on there now. But it is definitely too “loud” to be heard. Even with their writing contests, it has been rumored that those who are already popular on Wattpad may get chosen over you.
My advice? Try them all out. See what works best for you.
Patience is also the key, which is why perhaps I should have kept my teen fiction on there, seeing as people have requested a part 2 now.
Good luck to you all and let me know of your experience!
Intended audience: Bookworms, book reviewers, suicide survivors, teens, young adults, librarians, Trish Marie Dawson fans
This book was delicious, sincere, enlightening and whatever good and wise adjective you can come up with. I really have been enjoying the Station Series by Trish Marie Dawson this summer and feel I have learned a great deal.
After Piper Willow dies, she finds herself at the station as a Volunteer, helping the living by inhabiting their consciousness and encouraging them to make the right decisions.
In the midst of her helping, she finds out she has an interesting gift as a Seer and by the end of Book 2, she leaves Sloan and Niles to go with the dangerously beautiful Andurush, to receive training and also to learn a bit more about Andurush’s(Rush’s) world.
And this is where Dying to Return, picks up. Piper experiences many emotions all at once and even finds herself confused as to whom she should love, because while her heart is with Sloan back at the Station, she feels it being tugged in another direction…
And this part as well as other parts of the story is what will keep you up at night reading.
All of Trish’s books so far have helped me to understand more about people and their choices and why the Station is created. As Piper learns eventually,
The Station…it’s a place that moves us from one way of living to another. That’s all.”(location 1788 of eBook)
It is not just a place where the dead goes.
This book tugged on my tear ducts. The beauty of the writing and the character of Andurush grew on me. I did not like him in the second book because I was unsure of what he was and he did come off as pompous.
But the banter between him and Piper lights up the page and his interaction with his family softened me up a bit towards him.
The description of his home planet is plain gorgeous. Movie worthy.
Now, the issue of dying and suicide plays a big role in The Station Series. I like how Trish used her imagination and research together to create memorable moments and thought provoking ones.
A few unlikely reunions happens in this book that shocked me, and the book made me miss my father and mother in law who passed away some time ago. Not from suicide, but reading The Station gives me hope that they are somewhere else, still “living” but in a new way.
Love isn’t meant to be easy. Even after you die.”(Location 1696 in eBook)
IMPORTANT Side Bar Note and FYI:
Trish Marie Dawson has a lot of fans and great reviews of her books. But one of her blog posts caught my attention last night. A reviewer thought that Trish was glorifying suicide in her books and I’d like say that if you read all of her books in The Station series, that is far from the truth.
The Station series has not glorified suicide AT ALL. If anything, the hard childhoods of many of the characters and the difficult choices and pain they faced leading up to their suicide, creates a big heartbreak after killing themselves.
Her young mind had no idea one little bullet would steal her away from the short life she was given-forever.”(quote from Dying to Return)
Trish’s books have taught me to empathize with people when they are going through.
And if you want to know the key themes that stick out in Book 3, it is Love and Forgiveness(Redemption). Those are very powerful ideas.
In sum, this is a wonderful series and I will be getting Book 4, Dying to Know really soon!
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